Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Carded for Cough Syrup

Monday afternoon, my sister-in-law, Ashley, called not feeling well. 


"I'm going to the drug store to spend about $50 on medicine before I finally cave and go to the doctor later this week, so what should I get?" 

As the sickly one in our family, I'm very familiar with over-the-counter cold/allergy/sinus meds. Ashley and I briefly discussed her symptoms, and I offered some suggestions, including Delsym cough syrup. The last time I was sick, my granddad told me about the stuff and said it would work wonders, which it did. It comes in grape or orange flavors and tastes yummy, but that's not even the best part. When I would wake up in the middle of the night, coughing my head off, I'd take two tablespoons of Delsym and my cough would quiet. 

So, of course Delsym was on my list of suggestions. A few hours later, while driving home from work, Ashley called again. 

"You won't believe what happened at the store. I got carded for buying the cough syrup you recommended," she said. "I'm 30 years old, and I got carded for cough syrup. It's not like I'm going home to huff it. What is this stuff?"

Despite the fact that Ashley's basket was filled with an artillery of cold medication, she was carded for the Delsym. I'm not sure how old you have to be to buy cough syrup. 18? 21? Who knows? But I've never heard of someone being carded for such a thing. 

We enjoyed laughing about it. And, what can I say? I told her it was good stuff. 

8 comments:

Amy said...

They card you because of what is in the medicine, not because of your age. They get your license info on file so they can make sure you aren't buying unusual amounts..due to they fact that people make illegal drugs with them. I got carded for buying Mucinex.

Stephanie Netherton said...

So once they get your license info on file can you be declined cold medicine if you purchase too much?

Amy said...

I guess they report it to the state and monitor it, I am sure if you bought too much they might investigate before allowing you to buy anymore. I really don't know, that is just what the pharmacy told me.

Stephanie Netherton said...

Amy, you really should get off the Mucinex. Do it for your kids!

Amy said...

I'll try....

Ashley Netherton said...

Hello sister- in-law.. thanks for the recomendation, however.. I'm really really hoping that you meant to say two teaspoons, not TABLESPOONS.. no wonder you like the stuff!!

Stephanie Netherton said...

You know, nothing takes the edge off after a long day quite like Delsym. Did you ever taste the stuff? It's delicious, but yes, I meant teaspoons!

Bradley said...

I was reading your blog (crazy right :) and noticed that you were confused about why thy card for cough syrup.

Well people drink cough syrup to get high. Only certain kinds though, Delsym included. So the Gov, requires people to be carded before buying cough syrup.

And your right nothing quite takes the edge off like good ol' delsym (lol said oh so nonchalantly)
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